December 2010

Since there’s been such a long hiatus between the last episode before the holidays and the new one set to air, it’s the perfect time to revisit the last episode through the Grey’s writer blog.

How much longer do we have to watch Cristina mope around the hospital?  I’m sick of everybody being so sad.  When is the show gonna get back to “Old Grey’s” where people were happy??   

Okay.  First of all, there was a shooting.  Friends died, or were wounded.  Cristina had a gun pressed to her head.  And as far as “Old Grey’s” is concerned … this show is dark.  Always has been.  Always will be.  Just go back and watch Meredith drown, or George’s dad die or Cristina cover for Burke’s injury and have to turn him in to the Chief.  Sure, there’s gonna be humor to balance it, but Seattle is a cold, rainy place.  And we writers figured, if we’re gonna have a shooting, then we’re damn well gonna put our people through some honest to god post traumatic stress.  So bear with us.  Be patient.  Take a breath and enjoy seeing the many new and interesting colors our talented cast is finding in their characters.  (I mean, you gotta love Cristina giving that frat guy a lap dance at Joe’s Bar) 

Here’s the thing about healing …  it takes time.  There’s no rushing it.  Or planning for it.  Or “getting out in front of it.”  I’ve had two major surgeries in the past five years.  The first was a brain surgery.  Scared the crap out of me – they cut through my skull and dug around in my brain.  I woke up in the ICU …  and didn’t really feel that bad.  I went home two days later.  In a week I was running around, back on the set, joking with the actors … if it wasn’t for the shaved head and the scars, you never would have known. 

Don’t be fooled by appearances.  The bullet holes have been patched and painted over.  The hospital has released a “sizzle reel” talking about how it has come back stronger than ever.  But the scars of the shooting are still there.   For some of our doctors the recovery has been relatively fast and painless.  But for others … Cristina, Meredith, Derek … they’ve only just begun to deal.  And because of what went down that day, because – however illogically –  Cristina blames Meredith for her trauma, the two friends can’t lean on each other to help them through this crisis.  So Cristina turns to Derek – a man familiar with darkness and doubts.  He gets that Cristina needs to be given the space and time to find her way back from the brink.  And because he owes this woman his life, and because she’s his wife’s “person,” he shares the secret that has always given him comfort … fishing.  And he’s right.  Cristina needs the quiet, needs to be in a place she can’t escape from, needs the simple joy of catching a fish to finally allow the dam to break and the grief to finally wash over her.  

And how about Mer and Owen??  Things have always been kinda strained between those two.  The only thing they seem to have in common is Cristina, and now it’s pretty clear that neither really trusts the other.  You gotta feel sorry for Meredith.  Left behind at the hospital, abandoned by her best friend and her husband (who now seem to be besties themselves), and dealing with Owen who doesn’t seem to get how he’s totally screwing up Cristina.  What Mer doesn’t seem to understand yet is that she’s been traumatized too, but because she’s Meredith, she’s kept it hidden as she frantically tries to take care of each individual member of her little makeshift family.  And Owen doesn’t cut her any slack.  That OR blow-up between them is one of my favorite scenes of this season. 

Our Dr. Bailey declared war on fistula.  And won.  And celebrated as only Dr. Bailey can.  And picked up an admirer along the way.  Bailey and Nurse Eli?  Hmmm …. 

And Callie thought she’d really gained a new partner as she and Alex rocked that hip replacement.  Only to have Alex return to Peds and the allure of Dr. Stark (played brilliantly by Ally McBeal and Numb3rs alum Peter MacNicol.)  And then that knock on the apartment door and … a visitor from Malawi.  No hug.  No welcome home.  Just a door slammed in your face. Something tells me there are rough seas ahead for Calzona. 

A final word about Cristina and Derek.  Really Sandra and Patrick.  We spent two days up on Big Bear Lake shooting the fishing scenes.  Skeleton crew, led by Allison Liddi-Brown our Director, Herb Davis our gifted Director of Photography, and Jeff Rafner our resourceful UPM.  We all had a blast.  It was freezing cold, kinda rainy and incredibly beautiful.  Rainbows criss-crossing the early morning sky.  We don’t get off our soundstages very often.  Last time it was the Iraq episode, which Joan and I also wrote (I guess I like vacations).  But Sandra and Patrick really loved working together, and the chance to be surrounded by nature just made it all the more special.  Then there was the drinking and laughing and gossiping that happened in the hotel bar that night … but I guess what happens in Big Bear ….

According to ABC, there’s yet another new show to come from Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes so fans of the show will have something else to look forward to. The creator will surely dominate the prime time slots on ABC!

Here’s what the network has had to say about this:

ABC has ordered its first pilot this development season, and fittingly, the prolific Grey’s Anatomy writer-producer got the nod for her untitled project based on Judy Smith.

The professional “fixer” (PR guru/crisis manager) inspired the latest effort from Rhimes, who also created Private Practice and Off the Map, which premieres January 12.

It was a quick turnaround for the newest project from ABC Studios and Rhimes’ studio-based Shondaland banner. ABC brass read the script and ordered a pilot in 24 hours.

The early order also comes weeks before the typical start of the networks’ pilot pickup season. Judy Smith herself will serve as a co-executive producer and consultant.

She served as a White House press aide under President George H. W. Bush, and counseled Monica Lewinsky, Michael Vick and other embattled stars in a PR capacity.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen much of Thatcher Grey…if there hadn’t been so much drama surrounding the character of two of the finest doctors at Seattle Grace, we might have forgotten about him entirely. But, it would appear as though he’s coming back just before we  are able to leave him in the past. An All My Children star has been cast to become his new love interest, and interestingly enough, it looks as though the character he’s set to date is about the same age as his daughters.

It’s yet to be determined, so we don’t yet know just how many episodes Thatcher will appear in or how he will dive back into the lives of his daughters. If there is to be more tragedy, it’s always possible that it will push the family back together – after all, his girls have been through a lot!

It’s not really about the love interest, but are you happy to see Thatcher make a reappearance?

The last episode of Grey’s Anatomy that aired certainly opened the door for some serious drama – namely, Teddy offering to marry a patient that was losing his health insurance and in turn his life. This could of course lead to a world of trouble both personally and professionally for this character if she goes through with it. So will she really?

Well, rumor has it that the actor Scott Foley will in fact be continuing to guest star on the show. Clearly that means he’s not disappearing, and that can only indicate that this plot will continue to grow. So will Teddy really marry her patient? What will happen from there/ My guess is that a real relationship will form from it. Maybe she’ll be lucky in love, maybe she’ll rediscover that their original agreement holds true and he was just using her for her insurance all along.  It will also be interesting to see what fallout happens within the hospital when she announces her master plan.

No matter which way you swing it, this little plot line is sure to bring a lot of drama!

Remember the teaser at the end of the last new episode of Grey’s Anatomy? It implied that something pretty darn terrible was going to happen, and one cast member has decided to spill the beans at least a little bit on what’s to come. It would seem that the disaster involves a school, but specifically what happens we don’t yet know. But if their faces in the teaser have anything to say, it’s going to be a shocking episode for the characters.

The good news is the team is well-prepared to handle whatever will be coming their way due to the disaster training that Owen recently lead. The may never have to apply what they’ve learned to their own lives, but unfortunately, it will be coming in handy.

“There’s a massive situation at a school, so all the training that Owen put into place suddenly makes people much more ready to handle this sort of thing,” Kevin McKidd says.

This episode is set to air when the show returns this week.

As the show gets picked up again into the New Year, it looks like Derek’s Alzheimer’s project is set to begin. Here’s the thing though, it looks like it may be a major source of conflict for Meredith and Derek. Why? Because for once, he’s not going to allow his personal relationship to dictate who gets to work with him. In fact, according to reports, Derek won’t be allowing Meredith to participate at all. Since the study is all for her, he’s afraid that his judgement will be clouded. That all sounds fairly reasonable, right? Well, it seems Meredith will not agree with that and she’s going to prepare to go to war with the chosen resident due to her jealousy. After a season with Meredith and Derek drama at a minimum, it looks like things may be shaken up a bit soon!

Thursday, December 30 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30pm CT, 9:30pm MT) *** ENCORE PRESENTATION *** “Gentleman’s Intermission” on Citytv

When Avery (guest star Elizabeth Banks, Zach and Miri Make a Porno) points out the peculiarity of Jack (Alec Baldwin) and Liz’s (Tina Fey) bond, he vows to set some boundaries. With Jack keeping his distance, Liz is left to deal with her father’s (guest star Buck Henry) attempt to recapture his youth during a visit. Meanwhile, Tracy (Tracy Morgan) enlists Kenneth’s (Jack McBrayer) help to reinvent himself after viewing his own pre-produced video obituary.

Thursday, December 30 at 8:00pm ET/PT (7:00pm CT, 9:00pm MT)***ENCORE PRESENTATION*** “Basic Rocket Science” on Citytv

Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) decides that Greendale Community College must have its own flight simulator and cannot be bested by the competition, “City College,” which is planning its own flight simulator. He enlists the study group to clean and refurbish the Greendale Community College simulator. As Jeff (Joel McHale), Pierce (Chevy Chase), Britta (Gillian Jacobs), Annie (Alison Brie), Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) and Troy (Donald Glover) wash the tattered simulator down, they end up accidentally launching it – sending everyone on an unexpected journey into “outer space.” Abed (Danny Pudi) is left behind to try and navigate a safe “return” for everyone.

8:00pm – Thursday, December 30 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

See Wednesday, Dec. 29 for description.

8:00pm – Thursday, December 30 on CTV

Best friends Jane and Holly J head to New York City, with big hopes and even bigger dreams. Jane’s dream to front a hot indie band collides with a love she never saw coming. Meanwhile, Holly J’s determined to make her mark as a TVM intern in Times Square, and settle into her role as Park Avenue Princess with New Yorker boyfriend Declan at her side.